Watching the World: Deep in the forest

Hidden away in a clearing in the UK's Sherwood Forest, the home of the legendary Robin Hood and his merry men, is a striking memorial statue to a group of more real-if less famous-heroes: the US oilmen who served during World War II to develop Britain's onshore oil industry.Even many who live nearby don't realize the statue is there or even that Britain has had an onshore oil industry for more than half a century.In fact Britain has a large onshore field at Wytch Farm on the southern coast that has been an important development site for oil field technology, such as horizontal drilling, and for environmental controls that demonstrate that oil production can be carried out with...

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